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Sarah Palin vs. New York Times

(John Hinderaker) Sarah Palin sued the New York Times for defamation yesterday. The case arises out of an editorial by the Times that accused Mrs. Palin (as she is referred to throughout the complaint) of having incited Jared Loughner to murder six people, including a sitting Congresswoman, a federal judge, and a nine year old girl. The Times alleged that Mrs. Palin’s “incitement” of Loughner’s crime was “clear” and “direct.” This was...
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Jason Chaffetz starts his new job at Fox News next month

Congressman Jason Chaffetz closes out his career in Congress this Friday Starting next month, he will be working at Fox News. Chaffetz gave an interview to his new employer today in which he once again claimed his decision was about his family. “There comes a point where you gotta get off ...

Poll: Dem voters glumly sticking with Pelosi

The good news, Democratic version: A plurality  of Democratic voters want Nancy Pelosi to remain the party’s leader despite a four-cycle losing streak. The good news, Republican version: Er … pretty much the same thing. Politico and Morning Consult partnered on a poll of registered voters to test out Pelosi’s standing after a fifth straight special-election los...

Nashville Sanctuary City bill dead. To be withdrawn!

Nashville immigration proposals dead as council members plan withdrawal  by Joey Garrison , USA Today Network – Tennessee - Amid intensifying opposition and a call from Mayor Megan Barry to rethink their upcoming actions, Metro Council sponsors now plan to withdraw ...

Would the White House press briefing work better on tape delay?

Ari Fleischer and Mike McCurry, each a former press secretary, say yes. I don’t get it. So, what to do differently? First, we recommend that President-elect Trump keep the press briefing, but no longer make it a live televised event. The briefing today has become an occasion for too much posturing on both sides of the camera. The president’s spokesman should and must be availabl...

Bernie Sanders: My wife left Burlington College ‘in better shape than it had ever been’

Last week I wrote about Jane Sanders’ decision to hire an attorney to defend herself in an ongoing FBI investigation. Mrs. Sanders is being investigated for her role in turning a s...

Manafort, firm registers as foreign agents

Significant, or a nothingburger? Paul Manafort and Richard Gates completed their submissions to the Department of Justice to retroactively register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a move prompted in part from revelations about his work in Ukraine on b...

McDonald’s Proves $15 Salary Will Soon Be Replaced With Uncomplaining Workers! Robots!

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WaPo review of Gorsuch is glowing, even if they didn’t mean it to be

Robert Barnes, writing at the Washington Post, published an early review of the performance of Supreme Court Associate ...

Mattis and Haley: Trump’s warning appears to have stopped Assad from launching a new WMD attack

All credit to Trump for staving off a new atrocity. But I don’t understand why an explicit warning changed Assad’s mind about a new chemical attack given that he’s been bombed for it once before. He learned the hard way that the Trump White House is willing to punch him in the face for gassing people. No warning necessary, you would think. But ...

Figure of the week: Women, business, and the law—How countries’ business regulations differ for men and women

By Mariama Sow Published in April, the World Bank’s 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) graphically represents progress of countries toward meeting SDG targets. The atlas extracts data from the World Development Indicators database and presents in infographic highlight the process made so far. Goal 5 of the SDGs aims to...

Sustainable development: The path to economic growth in Cuba

By Caitlyn Davis, Ted Piccone As it prepares for the post-Castro era in February 2018, Cuba has the opportunity to reenergize its economic reform agenda to promote sustainable growth and stability on the island. To do so, the country will have to emerge from its current state of economic stagnation, heavy reliance on imports, unsustainably low state wages, and ongoing brain drain. The December 17, 2014 announcement of normalization between Cuba and the United States renewed hope that, ...

China’s One Belt One Road initiative: A view from the United States

By Joshua P. Meltzer On May 4, the United States announced the conclusion of a US-China trade deal. There is some good news in terms of immediate new market access for US beef exports as well as commitments by China that its domestic regulatory agencies will consider providing the licenses and patents that are needed to ensure market access for US financial services and biotech products. Included in the agreement was a major concession: US recognition of the importance of China’s Bel...

Trump supporters teach Starbucks a lesson

(Paul Mirengoff) Earlier this month, a North Carolina woman named Kayla Hart entered a Starbucks coffee shop in Charlotte, North Carolina wearing a pro-Trump T-shirt. According to Hart, Starbucks employees laughed at and taunted her. They shouted “build a wall” and shoved her drink at her. The label on the drink said “build that...

Trump: NYT “a fake news joke” for report on health-care meeting

The merry little media war between Donald Trump and national outlets did not find itself limited to the “Amazon Washington Post,” which Allahpundit covered earlier. Before taking on the Bezos empire, Trump went on the attack against the New York Times, not exactly a new target for Trump’s ire. The specific catalyst in this case was their coverage of his meeting with Senate Republicans, and the description of Trump’s engagement as ...

What’s next for Obamacare reform in the Senate?

(Paul Mirengoff) Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced that there would be no Senate vote on Obamcare reform legislation this week. Instead, the Senate will take up the matter of reforming Obamacare in July. Also yesterday, GOP Senators met with President Trump at the White House. The purpose was to see how the pending bill might be altered so as to get at least 50 of the 52 Republicans to vote “yes.” Based on second hand reports about the meetin...

Alan Sokal, Call Your Office

(Steven Hayward) I didn’t think it was possible to write a better satire of postmodernism as applied to the hard sciences than Alan Sokal’s great hoax on Social Text 20 years ago. But I have found a contender . . . Wait a minute.  I think this article is for real, in Ethnic and Racial Studies: ...

When GOP Senators go home, they face a health care buzz saw

By William A. Galston When Republican senators get home for their July 4 break, they will run into a buzz saw. The health care bill they are considering is wildly unpopular with their constituents, and its implementation would have disastrous effects. They are likely to return to Washington even less enthusiastic about this legislation than when they left, leaving Republican leaders with no obvious path to the repeal and replacement for Obamacare they have promised for seven years....

CNN’s Van Jones on Project Veritas video: This “Russia thing” is a “nothingburger”

Interesting, especially in light of the network’s hype over last night’s “Russia Connection” special. But, like Ben Shapiro, I wish I could see more of the e...

The Media Keeps Shooting Themselves In The Foot When It Comes To Trump

The media will do anything to bash Trump — and now they’re hurting By Michael Goodwin June 27, 2017 | 10:38pm | Update...